Springhill/TownePlace Suites On Canal Gives Back This Holiday Season

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General Manager Chris Anderson, Food & Beverage Director Courtney McGowen, Executive Housekeeper Michelle Jefferson, Director of Sales Jiarra Jackson and Assistant Executive Housekeeper Sharon Tyler showcase their hand-made 'Real Giving' holiday blankets.

NEW ORLEANS –  In coordination with the TownePlace Suites Real Giving Initiative, the city's first dual-branded SpringHill/TownePlace Suites with rooftop bar is planning to give back in a big way this holiday season. General Manager Chris Anderson, in partnership with the hotel's leadership team and community volunteers, will purchase and create personalized blankets to distribute as gifts around the community throughout the month of December.

The team will donate and personally deliver around 100 blankets to several local organizations including Children's HospitalBoys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH)  and Project 18 . In addition to providing an act of kindness for children within these organizations, the hotel hopes to generate awareness for the critical programs and services they provide New Orleans youth. The "Real Giving" blankets will be packaged individually in tote bags and will include name tags for each child.

"As part of the Marriott family, we're very passionate about serving those around us in need, especially during the holidays," said Christopher Anderson, General Manager of SpringHill Suites & TownePlace Suites on Canal. "While our hotel may be new, many of us were born and raised in New Orleans and feel extremely connected to the people here. We hope these blankets bring the children half as much happiness as they've brought us."

The team plans to visit Project 18 on Monday, December 18, to give participating young adults their holiday blankets. Project 18 works to ensure that current and former foster care youth successfully transition into adulthood by providing a safety net of services, resources and supportive individuals.

"These handmade blankets will add warmth and a personal touch to our home for former foster youth," said Bonnie DeSalle, Director of Operations for Project 18. "Children in foster care 'age out' of the system once they turn 18 and many of them are without a family, resources and/or the support needed to make a successful transition into adulthood. Our organization partners with businesses like TownePlace Suites and the community to improve outcomes for these youth."

BHGH currently has two family-like, value-centered homes in the Mid-City area, one for boys and one for girls. With a focus on education, service, spirituality, and work ethic, its goal is that scholars go on to graduate from college and become Men and Women for Others.

"We're grateful to companies like TownePlace Suites who work to support and give back to their communities," said Cydne Romine, Development Director of BHGH. "Boys Hope Girls Hope is able to provide a happy home and an inspiring education to the exceptional children in our care because of our amazing and dedicated supporters!" 

On Monday, December 20, the Children's Hospital blankets will be donated to deserving young patients in the dialysis unit. Children's Hospital is home to the only pediatric dialysis unit in Louisiana. Given the inability of many to leave the hospital over the holidays and the fact that their disease often causes them to be cold and tired, nurses said they thought this would bring real joy to these children, in particular.

"One of the hardest realities we face each year is the number of patients who are forced to spend Christmas time in the hospital," said John Nickens, IV, President and CEO of Children's Hospital in New Orleans. "While we do our best to create a cheerful environment where children can feel the same joy and excitement as their healthier counterparts, acts of kindness such as these make a world of difference. We're so grateful to the team at Springhill & TownePlace Suites on Canal for this generous donation." 

In addition to this holiday initiative, the hotel (opening early 2018) has partnered with ReNEW McDonogh City Park Academy (McDonogh 28) to fundraise and donate art supplies items throughout the year as part of its Save Art program. To support Save Art, click  here . 

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